8 Truths About Speech & the Christian Life

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Words are powerful.  The tongue is a small but influential instrument.  And it is incredibly difficult to use that little instrument in a good, beneficial, and God-honoring way.  Recently I spent some time reflecting on James 3:2-12 and what it says about the use of speech in the Christian life and found eight truths in that passage worth meditating upon.  In this post, I’d like to share those 8 truths with you.

James is About Consistent Christianity

The letter of James is about the importance of living out a consistent Christian faith and the sad tendency for all Christians to contradict our faith by the lives we that we live.  And in this sobering passage, James (one of Jesus’ younger brothers) exposes one of the most common and most troublesome ways in which Christians contradict their profession of faith in Christ, which is, by the words that come out of our mouths.Continue reading

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Teach Us to Number Our Words

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One of the great lines in the Psalms is spoken by Moses in Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

The idea of the verse is that God’s people need to consider carefully and often the brevity of life – to “number” their days – and to live in light of that calculation.

However, there is another type of numerical calculation that believers in Christ need to make: the number of our words.

Not, of course, to literally know how many words we speak per day (around 16,000 on average, according to one study).… Continue reading

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